Questions on Mastering with PEAK 4, TRACKS-24 or UAD-1 or al

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by trock, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. trock

    trock Active Member


    I am new to DAW recording. I have the following gear and set up and am guilty of buying a bunch of stuff before i knew what all it was. I understand this will irritate some here but please know I have been reading the manuals, testing things out etc etc

    Ok I have

    MAC G5 1.8 dual, with 160 Gig HD and another 250 Gig WD internal on the way.

    I have

    Cubase SX 2
    Reason 2.5
    Groove Agent
    Ableton Live 4
    PEAK 4.1
    UAD-1 Studio PAK

    I also have

    M-AUDIO 410


    Roland VS2480 (my old way of recording)
    Triton Pro Workstation
    POD guitar effects
    Audio Technica 4050 mic

    In terms of Mastering with the choice of, or combination of,
    Tracks-24, PEAK 4.1 and the UAD-1, as well as Cubase's effects
    can someone tear this aprt for me and maybe tell me what they would do with this stuff?

    My music is mellower acoustic in the vein of Dave Mathews etc but sometimes a little edgier with Rock/distorted guitars in there.

    Is what I have, if used correctly, going to enable me to have a good sounding Master or finished product??

    I know this is VERY general but I am in the Overwhelmed stage right now

    I am reading all kinds of forums, books and magazines to ramp up but was hoping to have someone give me a specific to my stuff breakdown on what i can do

    thanks much if possible
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    IMO, dump the T-Racks. With Cubase and the UAD plugs, you should be able to get fairly good results.

    Technique, on the other hand... You may have several years of practical experience and experimentation ahead before you start getting satisfied with your own work. Get started.

    And I know it's overdone, but Katz's "Mastering Audio" book should be on your list. It doesn't really get into mastering technique, but it certainly covers the science behind the art. Valuable information to ANY audio engineer.
  3. trock

    trock Active Member


    thanks again massive

    that book is on my list for sure.

    TRACKS came out of my overzealous pursuit of music forums, it was recommended byt a bunch of people as "beginner" mastering software

    Ok when you say "Years" is there anyway youd could have meant months??


    JK I know I am swamped right now

    thanks for taking a stab at this post

    By the way is PEAK 4 something iw ould use for mastering? it also came out of a "YOU NEED THIS" MAC music forum

    thanks and thanks
  4. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    I'm not a Peak user, but I understand it's quite decent.

    Don't feel bad about the T-Racks - You might actually still use it as a warm-up. You can try a few things with it as a "quickie" and then try to do it more "for real" in Cubase. You never know.
  5. trock

    trock Active Member


    Will try it in some mixes to get underway

    thanks again for the help on all these posts
  6. Eric Seaberg

    Eric Seaberg Active Member

    Actually Peak 4.1 is quite nice. Besides being able to use almost ANY plug-ins (our Waves Diamond TDM bundles also install VST and AU) it can now BURN your CD master directly, and track placement/editing feels VERY MUCH like what we were used to with Sonic Solutions Classic.
  7. ken_m

    ken_m Guest

    Can you print PQ info or edit PQ code with Peak?
  8. axel

    axel Guest

    yeah peak is decent, stick a few very good plugs into it, learn how to use the whole lot (as john always says... practise, practise, practise...
    yupp he is sooooooo... right!!) and you get a decent mastering going

    always remember... driving a ferrari doesn't turn you automatically into a michael schumacher. learn to drive first.
  9. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    No no, the phrase is: "Driving a ferrari doesn't turn you automatically into a Michael Fossenkemper"

    he he... :lol:
  10. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    I don't have a ferrari. I have a jeep. And I have a bike. Actually I learned how to ride a bike first, then I worked my way up over the years. first a tricycle, then a bike with training wheels, then one without, then a 10 speed, etc... It never occured to me to jump straight from tricycle to ferrari.
  11. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Whoo Hoo! I'm a Grand Cherokee man myself...
  12. axel

    axel Guest

    that's how to get to drive propperly, i still walk! :p
  13. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Yeah!! but I'll bet you drive it like a ferrari :lol:
  14. axel

    axel Guest

    :p that's the point!
  15. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Me too. A red 1989 jeep wrangler. With a 150,000 miles and it runs great. It'd better,as I have no money to get another one. of course, all my cash goes into gear... 8)
  16. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, and I also have Peak 4.0. Like everything else in this world, you have to put in your time to get it to do what you need to do with it... Wish there was a magic bullet out there- tell me if you find it! :D
  17. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Well I don't drive it like a ferrari, I drive it like a jeep. If I drove it like a ferrari, i'd be dead. which is partly my point. Formula one drivers don't start out in formula one's. they start out in go carts. If you don't know how to corner a fast moving car, a ferrari is a death trap. concentrate on cornering a go cart first.
  18. axel

    axel Guest

    has been all mentioned, several times :wink:
    yes and once again yes.

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